"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." 1 Tim 3:16
Right here in this verse we can see Christ tackle the primary enemies of mankind. He takes the ax to the tree of evil. The dominoes begin to fall. The plan of God was finished before it started but here we see a snapshot, or overview, of how it worked.
"If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained." 1 Tim 4:6-10
I need a glimpse of the big picture to function correctly in the details of my own life. Godliness is a mystery. It is something hidden that get revealed again and again. Focus on self is never what reveals it. Focus on Christ is what opens our eyes.
If we are good ministers of anything it is because we give Jesus. Jesus was manifested, justified and seen in His incarnation. Now that progression is true in our lives. If those things happen we have a message. When Jesus is lifted up He draws men to Himself and they believe. The Gospel of Grace takes down barriers. It simplifies the complex. It unveils a mystery. The mystery that godliness is not sourced in the person you see before you. It is sourced in a person who came and died then rose and sits in Heaven.
No self help program there.
"His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matt 3:12
The dominoes are falling. God will gather His wheat and then clean us the mess left behind.
Faith and truth will keep it all in perspective. Eyes on Christ will take the veil off of godliness.
I can ask God to fill me with His Spirit and go to work now. God is in control and I can rest in that.